指南宮之旅 / Trip to Zhinan Temple

已經一年多了,我一直計畫去參觀台北的指南宮。雖然我有另一個行程我命名為指南宮之旅,但是我已更名為 貓空之旅, 因為,事實上,我跟校友和學生們去貓空纜車的最後一站,就是貓空站。然後,在 2015 年 5 月 14 日,我再次嘗試,但結果變成 台北動物園之旅

這一次,2015 年 5 月 14日,我終於成功的去指南宮了。我第一次去參觀指南宮大約 40 年前。那個時候我還是修士在徐匯中學教書。 我發覺那個時候的指南宮提供一個非常質樸和寧靜的環境。所以,我想在 2015 年再一次參觀指南宮,看看有沒有一些變化。

我請我的學生,孟語謙,陪我去。他邀請了另外一個同學,彭梓鈞,和我們一起去。孟語謙跟我說他要開車帶我們到台北動物園, 然後搭貓空纜車到指南宮。

孟語謙開車開的非常好。而且是他開車,我覺得非常的安全。

當我們到達指南宮,又一次失望等待著我們,廟正在維修。幸運的是,只維修外部的,所以只在外部看到維修用的腳手架。

我認為,現在的指南宮已經變成了台灣很多寺廟之一吧。它原來的質樸和寧靜的環境我已經感覺不到了。但是它仍然是一個著名的旅遊景點。 當地人去那裡朝拜和外國人去那裡參觀並拍著名寺廟的照片。

然後我意識到真正漂亮的,事實上,是乘坐貓空纜車。從那裡你可以看到台北建築物全景的美。在那裡大家很清晰的看的到很有名的台北 101。

I have been planning to go and visit Zhinan Temple in Taipei for over a year. Although I had another trip entitled Trip to Zhinan Temple but I renamed it as Trip To Maokong, since it was really a trip to Maokong, not Zhinan Temple. Then on May 14, 2015, I tried again, but it ended up as a Trip to Taipei Zoo.

This time, May 28, 2015, I finally did make my trip to Zhinan Temple. I first visited Zhinan Temple some 40 years ago when I was teaching at St. Ignatius High School as a regent. I found it a very nice place to go for its rustic and peaceful surroundings. So, after all these years, I wanted to see Zhinan Temple again in 2015 to see if anything has changed.

I asked my student, Eugene Meng, to accompany me and he invited another classmate, Peng Tze Chuen, to come with us. He offered to drive us to the Taipei Zoo and from there we can get the Maokong Gondola to Zhinan Temple.

Eugene drives very well. And I feel very safe with him driving.

When we reached Zhinan Temple, another disappointment awaited us. The temple in under maintenance. Fortunately, it was only the external of the temple where you can see all the scaffoldings for its maintenance work.

I must say that it has become just another temple that you see all over Taiwan. But it remains a popular tourist spot. The locals go there to worship and foreigners go there to see and take pictures of the famous temple.

Then I realized that what was really beautiful was the ride on the Maokong Gondola. From there you can see the panoramic view of the buildings in Taipei. And the famous Taipei 101 building is there clearly visible for everyone to see.

Fr. Visminlu Vicente L. Chua, S.J. / 蔡由世神父 / 2015/05/29

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